October 2017

Share your love with others

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

How does one just ask for charitable contributions to their favorite(s) charities instead of asking for gifts? With more and more couples starting a home together before getting married, it is just not as necessary to request housewares, bedding, and silverware as a wedding gift. If you decide to request money for good cause, there are many online websites that will manage collecting and distributing the funds for you. If you have a favorite charity, ask them what the best way is for them to accept money.

Spread the word through your wedding website


Spreading The Word About Charitable Contributions In Lieu of Wedding Gifts

The best way to get the word out to your guests is via your wedding website, as well as your Save the Dates and your invitations. Then on the Registry tab, you have the link there it goes directly to your favorite(s) charities and you’re done! Don’t give guests any other option for other places to shop.

The second best way is word of mouth. When people talk to your wedding party, family and close friends asking where you are registered, give these people the direction to send inquirers to your website so they can donate to their charity of choice. If you are having showers, this is a great way to get the word out as well, if you are asking for donations in lieu of gifts at your wedding shower.

Support the Heifer Foundation

Carrying Out The Theme

At the wedding, you can carry out the theme of the charity. I had one couple as the favor donate to the Heifer Foundation and the foundation sent them little cards to put at everyone’s place setting of a cow, chicken, goat, horse, and sheep.  This is a great way to let people know that you are all in for the charity and would like to leave the world a better place.

Honeyfund, which offers honeymoon registries to finance the wedding, also offers other crowdfunding options.

Bio: Taylor’d Events is owned by Jennifer Taylor and Alex Chalk, dedicated wedding professionals and the driving force behind the one-of-a-kind weddings at Taylor’d Events Group. They specialize in weddings throughout the Pacific Northwest and Maui, Hawaii, they plan unique weddings anywhere.

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Planning a vegan wedding

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Planning a vegan wedding is so exciting! There are so many options nowadays to ensure guests (vegan and non-vegan alike) feel welcomed and are familiar with the food choices all around them. If a couple feels limited, we have created a list in order to keep the elements of the wedding planning fun and stress-free.

Considerations For Vegan Weddings

Food and Location

Buffet for vegan wedding

The first planning item that comes to mind would naturally be, What are we going to eat? It is important to let venues know ahead of time that a specialized menu is needed. Couples getting married who are looking to incorporate vegan alternatives should keep this in mind when seeking out their location. Some locations may require the use of their own catering services or allow you to use an outside catering company. This will work fine as long as you work with your venue to perfect the specialized vegan options. Providing ideas and recipes are a way to get the creative juices flowing!


There are many caterers that offer vegan options and have the experience to handle specialized weddings. We love working with Eco Caters in Southern California! Nick Brune, Executive Chef at Eco Caters, says, I love the chance to let vegetables shine, we’re lucky to live in an area where our farmers grow incredible produce. The trick to creating a delicious vegetarian or vegan wedding feast is to start with the freshest organic ingredients from the best local suppliers. This way we avoid taste-sapping airfreight and retain big, bright flavors that pack a punch. All our ingredients need next is a little Southern soul and you’ve got dishes that are extremely flavorful and hearty.

Cakes + Desserts

Vegan cake

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More and more bakeries are able to cater to vegan couples with the understanding that it is simply a matter of egg replacement and non-dairy milk for most recipes. Couples should seek out a bakery that can create vegan cupcakes, cake, or various desserts! Sweet Cheeks Bakery in Southern California has designed some beautiful vegan wedding cakes in the past. Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. offers quite a fun range of both Vegan cakes and Vegan fillings & frostings for cupcakes, desserts, and even cakes! We have supplied fully tiered Vegan Wedding Cakes for a number of weddings to great satisfaction by the happy couple. Yay! Decoration on this type of frosting is limited to a beautifully textured style, chimes in owner Elaine Ardizzone.

Hair and Makeup

Hair & makeup using cruelty-free products

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Vegan and Cruelty-Free Makeup artists are becoming a popular trend. When seeking out makeup artists and hair stylists, it is important to communicate your expectations for the products and their manufacturers. Another item to consider are eyelash extensions to ensure that they are animal and cruelty-free products. Makeup by Arbonne and Kat Von D Beauty are both great lines which uphold the reputation of being vegan-friendly and against animal testing.


There are so many favor ideas that would be great for a vegan wedding! Practical gifts such as wine stoppers, personalized frames, or glasses are always fun to include. A trending favor idea for vegan weddings is for guests to receive a thank you card at their setting with a note that a donation was made to an animal organization such as the Humane Society, PETA or SPCA. This is something that is thoughtful, practical, and provides a donation that will go a long way!

Use real flowers

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Decor & Details

Most decorations and rentals will fall in line with vegan standards. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when making choices on those final details. Candles should be animal-product free and any lounge furniture being brought in needs to be checked to ensure leather material is not being used. The use of real flowers is advised to avoid the possibilities of silk; which you should also look out for when selecting your tablecloths.


An important aspect of the wedding planning is hiring a coordinator! Planning a vegan wedding is very possible and pretty simple with the right resources. When hiring a coordinator look for one who has experience with meeting the needs of vegan weddings. You will save so much time! If you are in the San Diego area we would love to help you out. An experienced coordinator, like At Your Side Planning, can help you streamline the process and make the planning fun. We wish you the best in your (vegan) wedding planning!

Finance your wedding dreams with a Honeyfund honeymoon registry.

Bio: Diana Romero is the owner of At Your Side Planning, a full-service wedding planning company in San Diego, California. At Your Side Planning has been coordinating weddings and events since 2004 and providing impeccable service to all their clients. Diana herself is plant-based and very familiar with vegan standards. She is always ecstatic to plan these weddings. Thank you for reading this blog and congratulations!

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